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I read that Prilosec also kills the good bacteria that you need to fight off pneumonia, so I stopped it and started an OTC called zantac. will this medicine also kill the good bacteria? I have pretty bad gerd so I need to be treated but also want to be safe?
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Hi,
Prilosec does not kill good bacteria. But it shuts down the acid production in the stomach which is a barrier for bad bacteria. But since the barrier is damaged, bad bacteria get access to the gut replacing good bacteria.
You can take probiotic supplements to replace the lost  good bacteria.
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